Four Bay Area fundraisers in a day for Obama

obama.jpgU.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., reportedly will be the only Democratic presidential candidate to miss an Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser June 2 in Cedar Rapids … because he’ll be here instead.

Obama has a busy day of Bay Area fundraising scheduled for that Saturday: a noon, $2,300-a-head luncheon at the Piedmont home of Wayne Jordan and Quinn Delaney; a 1 p.m., $1,000-a-head luncheon in downtown Oakland’s Rotunda Building; a 4 p.m., $1,000-a-head reception in Sunnyvale’s Plug and Play Center; and a 6 p.m., a $2,300-a-head dinner at Symantec Corp. Chairman and CEO John Thompson‘s Woodside home.

On the Piedmont event, Jordan is a real estate investor and developer, and owner/operator of Jordan Real Estate Investments, LLC. Delaney is president of the anti-racism Akonadi Foundation and serves on the boards of directors of groups including the Tides Foundation and the ACLU of Northern California.

Sponsors of the Piedmont and Oakland events include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon of Berkeley and his wife, author Ayelet Waldman; prominent local attorneys including Jim Brosnahan, John Burris and William Orrick; Oakland City Attorney John Russo; Oakland-based developer Phil Tagami; and a few dozen others.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.